Year: 2004 Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, v.34, no.1, (Spring 2004), p.41-57 SIEC No: 20040837

This paper builds on previous work that has introduced the notion of a collaborative working relationship with suicidal clients. It is argued that the therapeutic process ideally should not only utilize the therapist’s knowledge & skills in treating suicidal clients, but also cultivate self-efficacy by encouraging the client to adopt a self-help orientation to therapy. Several general principles of a collaborative/self-help orientation are discussed & a variety of specific therapeutic strategies consistent with this orientation are described. (30 refs)